While there is potential for
serious injuries to occur in many different industries, one of the most dangerous is the
construction industry. Due to ongoing projects and an increase in new
construction, construction sites are arising all over the nation and more
workers are entering the industry. Unfortunately, this translates to more
risk and more potential accidents. All it takes is a glance at some statistics
to understand that employees in the construction industry face real hazards
- and many of them.
Fatal Construction Accident Statistics
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency
tasked with assuring safe and healthful working conditions for millions
of American workers. In an effort to improve workplace safety, OSHA continually
collects data concerning
on-the-job accidents, injuries, and deaths. At a glance, it’s clear
construction is one of the most dangerous sectors around:
- Approximately 20% of the approximate 3,929 private industry worker deaths
involved workers in construction.
- 1 in 5 workers deaths death occurred in the construction industry.
Because these statistics are consistently high and alarming, OSHA takes
a closer look at construction industry deaths and their causes. Throughout
the years, they’ve found that a certain few types of accidents cause
a large percentage of worker fatalities. In 2013, for example, OSHA noted
that the four most common causes of construction worker fatalities - or
the “Fatal Four” - accounted for over half of all construction deaths in 2013.
OSHA’s “Fatal Four” include the top causes of worker
fatalities in the construction industry:
Falls - Construction workers often work high off the ground, which inherently
presents a serious fall hazard. This is especially the case when the worker
is not provided the proper safety equipment to work safely high off the
ground, such as harnesses and sturdy railings. Fall accidents typically
involve cranes, elevated construction sites, ladders, and scaffolding.
Struck by object - Construction sites often have large scaffolds with workers using various
tools and machinery high above the ground. Maintaining balance is challenging
enough in this situation, but adding tools and machinery to the mix makes
the work even more hazardous. These fatalities are typically caused by
tools falling from heights by workers carrying items and not paying adequate
Electrocutions - Construction sites are filled with open wiring and unfinished electrical
components that pose a hazard to all workers. When the electricity is
not controlled carefully or the wiring is done incorrectly, the risk of
electrocution dramatically increases. As a result, electrocutions are
common, accounting for about 9% of construction worker deaths in 2013.
Caught-in / between - There are many moving parts on a construction site, including heavy equipment,
vehicles, machinery, and more. Caught-in or between accidents can kill
construction workers in a number of ways. Typically, these accidents involve
cranes and other heavy construction equipment or machinery.
Houston Construction Accident Attorney
At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, our Houston construction accident
lawyers have the skills, knowledge, and experience to represent individuals
who have been harmed on a construction site. We also represent families
who have lost loved ones as a result of fatal construction accidents.
It is important to have someone on your side who is determined to help
you and knows how to handle these types of cases. We encourage you to
learn more about your legal options and how our firm can put together
a strategy based on your specific needs.
Contact our firm today and speak with us about your potential lawsuit.